Come run with Team JDRF in the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon!

The 42nd anniversary of the iconic race, once called the “People’s race anyone can come and enjoy,” will take place on Sunday, October 13, 2019. Running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is the pinnacle of achievement for elite athletes and everyday runners alike. On race day, runners from all 50 states and more than 100 countries will set out to accomplish a personal dream by reaching the finish line in Grant Park.

You may have run out of fingers to count the number of marathons that you’ve participated in and for some, this will be the first time you’ve attempted 26.2 miles. When you join Team JDRF, we are committed to supporting you as you fundraise and prepare for the big day!

Registration is now open!

Choose from a variety of packages available for you!

Fundraising Details

Every step, every mile, and every dollar gets us closer to a cure for T1D! Make every step count and compete in the Chicago Marathon with Team JDRF. Team JDRF is a partnership: you commit to raising a minimum dollar amount and in exchange, JDRF provides you with support, coaching and fun perks in the months leading up to and throughout the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Upon registering, you are asked to select your level of fundraising. Team JDRF is pleased to offer a variety of packages designed for all skill levels!

When you join Team JDRF at any package level you will receive:

  • Team JDRF race day gear
  • Private gear check at the Team JDRF Race Day Experience
  • Team JDRF Family Reunion at the Team JDRF Race Day Experience
  • Invitation to Team JDRF Celebration Event for runner and a guest
  • Cheer swag and coordinated efforts for friends and family cheer stations on Race Day
  • Personal fundraising page and one-on-one fundraising support
  • (LOCAL) Opportunity to register for discounted group training

JDRF Supporter*

  • No JDRF Guaranteed Entry included
  • No minimum fundraising requirement
  • Unlock team benefits when you raise $750 or more!

RUNNER PAY Level

  • $1,500 Minimum commitment
  • Runner uses a JDRF Guaranteed Entry, but pays fee directly to Bank of America Chicago Marathon ($205 U.S./$230 International)

JDRF PAY Level

  • $2,000 Minimum commitment
  • Runner uses a JDRF Guaranteed Entry and JDRF pays fee to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Registration Fee is $50* for any entry and applied to your fundraising minimum.

*I acknowledge the fundraising requirement and understand that no charities entries can be transferred or deferred per the Bank of America Chicago Marathon rules and Team JDRF policy.

I acknowledge that registering for the event is separate from Team JDRF paperwork/online registration.

If I am accepting a JDRF secured entry, I CONFIRM THAT I UNDERSTAND that if I must drop for any reason, I must still raise 75% of the fundraising minimum due costs incurred to the charity. I UNDERSTAND that I will be given preference to join the 2019 team (Approval from JDRF Manager needed).           

If I am accepting a JDRF secured entry, I CONFIRM THAT I UNDERSTAND that am responsible for raising or donating 100% of my fundraising minimum. JDRF reserves the right to charge my credit card on file for the remaining balance.

**Please select the Team JDRF Supporter option if you have secured your own race entry for this event from the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact apeterson@jdrf.org.

Schedule of Events

Team JDRF is designed for runners from all over the country to come together and meet new people in a fun, energetic atmosphere while being surrounded by the T1D community! After all your dedication, fundraising, and training, you’ll come together at race weekend and have a fun-filled experience with memories to last a lifetime.

Friday, October 11, 2019
• Abbott Health and Fitness Expo (McCormick Place)

Saturday, October 12, 2019
• Abbott Health and Fitness Expo (McCormick Place)
• Team JDRF Pre-Race Lunch (Maggiano’s Little Italy)

Sunday, October 13, 2019
• JDRF Race Day Experience (Details TBD)

Be sure to visit the Bank of America Marathon event site for specific event day and weekend details including:
• Expo Layout
• Corral Information
• Course Route
• Hotels and Accommodations
• Race day parking and transportation information

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can run?

Team JDRF is in alignment with the Bank of America Chicago Marathon minimum age requirements.

Do I get any fun Bank of America Chicago Marathon Commemorative items?

Yes, in addition to the benefits that you get for being part of Team JDRF, you will also receive some special items from the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.  Some of those items include: exciting cheer stations along the course, admission into the finish line festival and post-race activities, official Bank of America Chicago Marathon participant shirt (styles vary by race distance), gear bag, and 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Medal.

How much time do I have to commit to this?

How much time you train is completely up to you. Given the length of this race, we ask runners to respect the challenge of this course and train appropriately. Your JDRF Coach can help you determine the best time commitment for your fitness level. If you are a novice, most coaches will recommend you begin training 16 weeks before a full marathon and 12 weeks.

Marathon Training

For this race, Team JDRF provides virtual training for ALL runners that will begin 20 weeks from race day. Local runners will also have the opportunity to sign up for group training at a discounted price.

Does the registration fee count towards my fundraising?

Yes! The required registration fee ($50) will be the first donation to your Team JDRF fundraising campaign.

Are there course time limits for each race distance?

Yes. The event has a course time limit of 6 hours and 30 minutes. The official end vehicle will start following the last starter and maintain a 15-minute per mile pace along the race course.

Is there a fundraising minimum?

Yes, as a participant using a JDRF guaranteed entry, you'll commit to a fundraising minimum (packages start at $1,500). In exchange, JDRF will provide you with support during the months and weeks leading up to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Please consult the fundraising packages guide for more information about minimums and benefits.

No, if you secure your own entry, you are not held accountable to any fundraising minimum. When you raise $750 or more, you unlock team benefits.

Is there a deadline for meeting my fundraising minimums?

Yes. We understand that this may be the most money you have ever attempted to raise, and you may feel unsure about whether you will be able to do it. If you follow the recommended guidelines and use the fundraising resources JDRF provides, you will be more successful than you think! Contact Abbie if you need additional assistance brainstorming ideas to help you reach your goals.

Runners who do not raise the full minimum commitment by the time of the race expo will NOT be able to participate.

  • Raise 100% of your fundraising minimum by Wednesday, October 2 to avoid having your bib pulled at the Health and Fitness Expo
  • Raise 100% of your fundraising minimum by the time you pick up your bib at the Health and Fitness Expo on October 11-12 in order to participate in the race

*If I am accepting a JDRF secured entry, I CONFIRM THAT I UNDERSTAND that am responsible for raising or donating 100% of my fundraising minimum. JDRF reserves the right to charge my credit card on file for the remaining balance.

What if I need to drop from the race?

Any participant dropping after officially taking a Team JDRF entry, for any reason, will be responsible for completing 75% of their fundraising minimum, in addition to payments to JDRF for any costs incurred for accommodations arranged for them for the race. Registration fees are non-refundable. Any donations received will remain in the participant’s account. Transferring of money to any other participant’s account is not permitted.

Bank of America Chicago Marathon does NOT allow for Charity Entries to be deferred or transferred and therefore, JDRF must comply with all race policy.

Isn’t it hard to meet the fundraising requirement?

Not according to our past participants. Once you start contacting people, you will be surprised how quickly the money (and the admiration) rolls in. JDRF has created powerful online fundraising tools to make it easier for you to reach your goal. Abbie at the JDRF Illinois Chapter will help you with materials, ideas and support as you meet and exceed your goal.

Will I have help fundraising?

Yes! Every participant has the support and help of the fundraising experts who are with them every step of the way, from the first donation to the day you exceed your minimum and increase your goal. In addition, the Team JDRF endurance program has a library of tools and tips that every registered runner has access to.

If you have any questions about your ability to meet your fundraising minimum, contact apeterson@jdrf.org and we are happy to talk fundraising with you.

What is Team JDRF?

Team JDRF provides entry into some of the country’s most exciting challenge events. Join a team that’s united in the common purpose of creating a world without type 1 diabetes.

Designed for JDRF supporters of all fitness levels, Team JDRF is a partnership. Participants commit to raising a minimum dollar amount, and in exchange JDRF provides support and coaching leading up to and throughout the challenge event.

For more information or questions, please contact Abbie Peterson of the Illinois Chapter at (312) 423-7196 or apeterson@jdrf.org.

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